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Tuesday Highlights: ServeTheHome investigative report into Bloomberg story of spy chip finds allegations technically implausible—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; almost two dozen iPhone XR Reviews published today, including those from John Gruber, Wired, Ed Baig, WSJ; but those who haven't bought an XR yet may have to wait till Friday's in-store release; MacMost explains how to setup privacy prefs in Mojave; Jamf announces deal with SAP to manage their huge Apple ecosystem, and IBM opensources their Mac@IBM code; The Verge reports Apple to deal with Beautygate issuing fix in iOS 12.1; Forbes issues warning for those on iOS beta to turn off Auto Updates and uninstall Public Beta Profile.

  • "Investigating Implausible Bloomberg Supermicro Stories"  ServeTheHome 7:58 AM
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  • "Privacy Preferences in macOS Mojave" MacMost 9:15 AM
  • "How to set your iPad and Mac to ring when you receive iPhone calls" iDownload Blog 8:35 AM
  • "How to use Universal Clipboard to copy files between Macs in macOS Mojave" Apple World Today 7:22 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "It took Apple four days to sell initial iPhone XR supply" AppleInsider 7:58 AM
  • "The iPhone XR is sold out ahead of its release on Friday" BGR 8:23 AM
  • "Teen intent to buy iPhone hits record 86 percent, Android wallows at 10 percent" AppleInsider 8:02 AM
  • "The 'R' in iPhone XR doesn't stand for anything but 'R', Apple reveals" The Next Web 8:34 AM
  • "Better Together: SAP Chooses Jamf to Manage all Their Apple Devices as an Ecosystem"  Jamf 9:17 AM
  • "IBM open sources Mac@IBM code" 9to5Mac 10:36 AM
  • "IBM open-sources Mac@IBM code, spreading tech to other businesses" AppleInsider 11:06 AM
  • "Mac@IBM code goes open source" BetaNews 11:05 AM
  • "Apple opens new Beats 1 studio in New York City" Cult of Mac 8:00 AM
  • "Muse's 'Simulation Theory' album artwork was made with the Apple iPad Pro and Pencil" Canadian Reviewer 8:49 AM
  • "iPhone promotional offers help Verizon beat phone subscriber estimates" Reuters 7:40 AM
  • "Verizon sees Apple Watch-fueled growth amid early '5G launch'" CNET 7:39 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Twitter bans 18 more InfoWars-related accounts: The accounts were posting content from Alex Jones' outlet." Engadget 11:39 AM
  • "Motorola is iFixit's first major phone maker to supply official repair parts" The Verge 8:39 AM
  • "Oxford researchers exposed the avalanche of data Google and Facebook can hoover up from apps on your phone" Business Insider 8:12 AM
  • "Google News is using up several gigs of data for some users, resulting in overages" Android Police 8:12 AM
  • "Interview: SAP talks about its 100,000+ Apple devices" Computerworld 11:18 AM
  • "Linus Torvalds talks about coming back to work on Linux" ZDNet 11:05 AM
  • "AppStories, Episode 84 – Frequently-Used Shortcuts, Part 2" MacStories 8:38 AM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 262: The vision starts becoming clear" iDownload Blog 8:35 AM
  • "iOS 12.1 will improve selfie quality on the iPhone XS and XR: Beautygate no longer"  The Verge 7:24 AM
  • "iOS 12.1 Public Beta 5: iPhone XR Buyers Beware Edition: First things first, if you're getting a shiny new iPhone XR on Friday, stop reading this right now, go make sure Automatic Updates is set to Off in your Settings, then uninstall your Public Beta Profile." Forbes 7:33 AM
  • "Apple Promises to Fix iPhone XS Selfie Smoothing" Thurrott 8:39 AM
  • "You really don't want to break your iPhone XR" Apple Must 8:16 AM
  • "Apple Plans to Expand Uses of Haptic Touch on iPhone XR Over Time" MacRumors 11:20 AM
  • "iPhone XR's Product Red model blazes bright in crimson" [Slideshow] CNET 8:19 AM
  • "MacBook Air replacement on Oct 30, suggests delayed order" 9to5Mac 8:23 AM
  • "You can no longer downgrade from iOS 12.0.1" Cult of Mac 9:00 AM
  • "Apple invention would allow one self-driving car to recharge another — while both are moving!" Apple World Today 8:32 AM
  • "Apple working on self-driving car 'peloton' system to share power, increase efficiency" AppleInsider 11:19 AM
  • "Apple Watch bands could reveal activity progress with discrete light-up indicators" AppleInsider 10:35 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:22 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices (latest models)" MacPrices 7:22 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017-18 models)" MacPrices 7:22 AM

  • "iPhone XR review: Cheaper and very cheerful indeed" The Independent 8:57 AM
  • "iPhone XR review: Apple's secret weapon to sell even more smartphones" CNN Business 8:55 AM
  • "iPhone XR Review: Affordability Done Right" Gizmodo 8:55 AM
  • "iPhone XR review: With both style and substance, the 'budget' iPhone XR is the iPhone to buy" Digital Trends 8:54 AM
  • "iPhone XR: The best $250 you ever saved on a new phone" Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 8:53 AM
  • "The iPhone XR Is Good, Which Means Choosing An iPhone Right Now Is Confusing As Hell" BuzzFeed News 8:38 AM
  • "Here's what's different between the iPhone XR, the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max" CNBC 8:26 AM
  • "iPhone XR review: Why you should consider the budget model over the pricier XS" USA Today 8:25 AM
  • "iPhone XR Review: You Don't Have to Spend $1,000 for the Best iPhone/The iPhone XR has a few price-cutting compromises, but great battery life, Face ID and a colorful design make it the best iPhone to buy" [Paid Membership Required] 8:24 AM
  • "iPhone XR Review: The Best iPhone for the Money" Tom's Guide 7:57 AM
  • "iPhone XR review: Finally, an iPhone with a decent battery" TechRadar UK 7:57 AM
  • "Apple iPhone XR review: An iPhone to reach the masses" Pocket-lint 7:57 AM
  • "iPhone XR Review: Almost all the best for way, way less" iMore 7:57 AM
  • "Apple iPhone XR review: The best iPhone for most people/This exercise in compromise paid off." Engadget 7:57 AM
  • "Review: Apple's iPhone XR is a fine young cannibal" TechCrunch 7:56 AM
  • "Apple iPhone XR review: better than good enough" The Verge 7:56 AM
  • "The iPhone XR: There's got to be a catch. That's what everyone has been thinking ever since Apple announced the iPhone XR alongside the XS and XS Max on September 12. Right? The iPhone XR seemingly offers too much of what the XS provides at a significantly lower price." Daring Fireball 7:55 AM
  • "iPhone XR review: The best iPhone value in years" CNET 7:55 AM
  • "Unboxing the iPhone XR" CNET 8:18 AM
  • "iPhone XR photos, and how Portrait Mode works" [Slideshow] CNET 8:18 AM
  • "iPhone XR makes the right trade-offs for a cheaper price" Associated Press 7:55 AM
  • "The iPhone XR Review: A Cheaper Apple Phone Suited to Most of Us/In an era of skyrocketing smartphone prices, it's a relief that Apple's $750 iPhone is just as powerful and nearly as capable as its $1,000 counterparts, our reviewer found." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:54 AM
  • "Apple iPhone XR Review: A Great Choice for Cost-Conscious iPhone Buyers" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:38 AM
  • "These are the top features of the Nike+ Apple Watch Series 4" AppleInsider 10:30 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "How to remove unwanted objects from photos with TouchRetouch" iDownload Blog 8:35 AM
  • "How to Unlock Tweetbot 5's Extra Themes on the iPhone and iPad" The Mac Observer 10:33 AM
  • "The Pixel 3 wasn't just beaten by Apple's iPhone XS in this speed test, it was demolished" BGR 8:47 AM
  • "The iPod is the greatest gadget ever – fight me"  The Next Web 8:33 AM
  • "No Huawei: Apple's non-competition" Macworld 7:59 AM
  • "New MacBooks: What we want vs. what we'll (probably) get" Macworld 7:59 AM
  • "Google just quietly gave us a killer midrange Android option: The broader effects of Google's Pixel gamble are suddenly coming into focus — and for those in the know, the impact is no longer limited to the realm of pricey flagship phones." Computerworld 11:41 AM
  • "Review: Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL are the best smartphones you can buy right now" Business Insider 8:34 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Hallmark Channel and SiriusXM Kick Off 'Countdown to Christmas' with Exclusive New Holiday Music Entertainment Channel" PRNewswire 11:45 AM
  • "Motorola Solutions Introduces First TALKABOUT Radios with Mobile App for Ultimate Off-Grid Communications" Business Wire 11:41 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Intel refutes claims it's killing off 'struggling' 10nm process: Chipmaker says it's making 'good progress' and 'yields are improving'" The Inquirer 6:49 AM
  • "Future Windows 10 update will soften the blow of Spectre patches: The performance hit should be reduced to mere 'noise.'" Engadget 6:51 AM
  • "New Windows 10 1809 bug: Zip data-loss flaw is months old but Microsoft missed it/A Feedback Hub user reported the latest Windows 10 October 2018 Update bug three months ago. Microsoft has fixed the issue in preview builds of the 19H1 version of Windows 10, so it should be fixed in 1809 soon." ZDNet 7:36 AM
  • "Windows 10 Version 1809 Suffers from Yet Another Data Loss Bug" Thurrott 7:39 AM
  • "Dell announces new Latitude Rugged laptops for the toughest conditions" Neowin 7:39 AM
  • "Dell tries to make durable laptops more modern with updated Latitude rugged line" Ars Technica 7:40 AM
  • "Oracle acquires DataFox, a developer of 'predictive intelligence as a service' across millions of company records" TechCrunch 7:35 AM
  • "Oracle acquires DataFox, brings AI-based company data management to cloud apps: DataFox uses artificial intelligence to help clients gain an up-to-date view of customer accounts and organizations." ZDNet 7:37 AM
  • "Samsung is developing a laptop with a foldable displa" BGR 6:42 AM
  • "Low-Cost Cortex-A5 Initiative Presented by ARM" EE Times Asia 6:39 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "What made this Apple bull run different?" Apple 3.0 8:38 AM
  • "Apple supplier AMS in steepest fall since 2008" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:32 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow tumbles nearly 550 points at lows amid corporate outlook, China selloff: Blue-chip gauge slammed as Caterpillar, 3M suffer after earnings" MarketWatch 10:36 AM
  • "Dow Dives on Earnings Disappointments From Caterpillar, 3M: The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls sharply early Tuesday after earnings disappoint. The S&P 500 trades lower for the 12th time in 14 sessions." TheStreet 10:36 AM
  • "US stocks tumble in early trade after global markets slide" Associated Press 10:37 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Drop Amid Geopolitical Tensions: Losses in energy and financial shares drag down Dow industrials as Tech Stocks edge up" [Paid Membership Required] 10:37 AM
  • "Asia stocks retreat broadly Tuesday after strong gains a day earlier" MarketWatch 8:12 AM
  • "Europe stocks end lower as Italy's budget issues dog eurozone: Fiat surges nearly 3% on deal to sell auto-parts unit for €6.2 billion" MarketWatch 8:12 AM

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